The Kyoto Impure King Arc is the second arc I will be analysing today in our journey through Ao No Exorcist on Get In The Mecha! With the Illuminati Arc in bound and aftermath of the 1st Season (or first 2 arcs of the manga), the Exwires have a bigger threat to deal with, The Impure King.
THERE ARE (minor) SPOILERS (FOR BOTH THE KYOTO IMPURE KING ARC AND SEASON 1) IN THIS EPISODE AND IN THE SHOW NOTES
Some Plans for The Future
Similarly to Attack On Titan, I will be analysing these arcs in chronological order; with this episode, I will be basing my analysis on the 2nd season of anime (Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen). As we know, Ao No Exorcist anime hasn’t been confirmed for a 3rd Season, so for Festival Arc, Illuminati Arc, Aomiri Arc, etc. the analyses will be based upon the manga.
In today’s episode I’ll be looking at:
- How different is the Kyoto Impure Arc to the 1st Season?
- Is the Kyoto Impure King Arc oversaturated?
- Was the 2nd Season of Ao No Exorcist worth the wait?
MUSIC & SFX IN TODAY’S PRODUTION:
Go Lucky by chasersgaming
Mandatory Overtime by Joth
SFX by SubspaceAudio
Cinematic Drums | Alexander (http://www.orangefreesounds.com/cinematic-drums/)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 International License
(Cut to 8 seconds, faded in and out and beginning and end)
SOURCES USED IN TODAY’S PRODUCTION:
FANDOM PAGE (Story Arcs)
AO NO EXORCIST SEASON 2 OPENING (UVERworld) (AnimeLab video)
Itteki No Eikyo – UVERworld (Apple Music)
PLOT SUMMARY: The events of Season 1 have concluded, meaning our young Exwires have overcome one of their first hurdles, closing Gehenna’s Gate. Now, the team is drawn to Kyoto, where a new threat looms known as The Impure King.
The first thing that caught my eye, in regards to the anime adaptation of The Kyoto Impure King arc was (visually) how polished it was. Although I didn’t have to wait 6 years for this arc to be adapted, I (personally) would be impressed with such visuals, despite the wait time. I spoke about how the visuals of the anime in the 1st Season felt really ‘in-sync’ with its manga counterpart in Episode 1; this is even more true for the Kyoto Saga Arc, particularly within the OP and ED, in regards to cinematography (dolly-zoom out of Rin’s face in the ED) and sound design (glass-breaking sound effect of OP).
Another really important thing to note when it comes to the Kyoto Saga Arc is that it has quite a different feel to it, in comparison to the 1st Season of Ao No Exorcist. This is not to say that there are ‘continuity breaks‘ between this season and the last, but both seasons tackle two rather different issues which do not particularly coincide, despite the very basic fact that they’re exorcising demons. As a result, it does feel slightly disconnected to what came before it, although that might be quite ‘knit-picky’.
A genuine concern I do have for this part of the story is that there is a lot of information to deal with. That mostly comes from the amount of characters involved. With the story taking place in Kyoto and being centred around Mamushi Houjou and Juzo Shima, there is a lot of background and context that the reader is meant to understand. Although this is not particularly a bad thing, I personally felt as if I was getting bogged down in the details which come at you right from the get go (as soon as the OVA). Don’t get me wrong, details are not a bad thing, but a lot of this is knowledge that is very specific to the Kyoto Impure Arc and only this arc, causing me to think that this arc leans into being slightly oversaturated.
To conclude, I’m quite the fan of the Kyoto Impure King arc, despite some of my criticisms. Was it worth the wait? For me (although I didn’t have to wait 6 years), I would lean towards saying yes, possibly because I am a large sucker for strong visuals and audio. However, this arc is quite useful for foreshadowing some of the events of the Illuminati Arc and Festival Arc; the relationships within the team will continue to be tested, so I must give it a decent amount of credit in that area.